Started DJing hip-hop, Chicago & Detroit gear in 1988, trips to London to buy from Groove Records.


Moved to London in '91 for the tail-end of the rave scene, and caught the birth of Jungle and then Drum & Bass. Used to run a music mag on the internet circa 93-96, which is where a lot of the promos & CD's come from. Shopping was at Fat Cat, Silverfish, Boogie Times, Music Power, Mr Bongo's, Black Market and charity shops.

Did the back-end for the Mr Bongo's, Black Market Records, Spooky, Offworld Records and Hospital Records websites in the late 90's.

Stuff I used to play around that time includes downbeat, bleep techno, early Ninja Tunesy stuff, gabba & banging acid techno, misc Depth Charge/J Saul Kane-ish stuff, new electro-techno, newer school Detroit techno (Rob Hood, Mills, Mad Mike etc.), Vogel / Landstrumm / Si Begg etc, and other misc. Weird Shit.

Forgot about hip-hop when it went commercially gangsta, got into it again later whilst working above Mr Bongo's and back into the indie HH scene. Around that time started heavy break hunting which is where most of the old soul, original R&B, funk, reggae, dub, and all kinds of 70's gear comes from, which along with the hip-hop is the majority of my collection.

About 75% of the vinyl collection on here, soul, reggae, easy-listening bangers and jazz treats to be added.

I have only ever bought about three CD's so don't mail me about them. I've some lovely lovely 60+ year old records, good luck trying to play your CD's in 2070.

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